An Earlston farmer and dairy farm company have been fined for polluting water in Berwickshire
Farmer Alexander Wilson has been fined £1000 and his company R & A Wilson has been fined £1,650 for discharging slurry and silage effluent into water at Selkirk Sherriff Court on Tuesday (15 August).
Farmer Alexander Wilson pled guilty to failing to correctly manage silage and slurry infrastructure at Clackmae Farm between 24 December 2014 and 22 January 2015 which resulted in pollution of the water environment.
The farmer was fined £1,000 and the company was fined £1,650.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) were alerted to pollution in Clackmae Burn which was traced upstream to the farm.
Angela Foss, Borders Unit Manager for SEPA, said the incident resulted in significant environmental damage.
"This incident had an adverse impact on the quality of the water environment and the health of living organisms in addition to interfering with the quality of aquatic ecosystems.
"Mr Wilson and his company’s failure to take their environmental responsibilities seriously caused pollution over a distance of 300 metres from Clackmae Farm to the confluence with the Leader Water.
"It is our view that this incident was unacceptable and completely avoidable."